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Graphic Design

UAL Diploma in Creative Practice: Graphic Design

  • Course Type: Diploma/Certificate

What can this course lead to?

Progress to the Foundation Degree in Graphic Design at University Centre Peterborough or other degrees courses such as; Graphic Design / Product Design / Creative Marketing / Games and Animation / 3D Visual Effects / Interior Design / Theatre set design / Architecture and many others at Universities throughout the country. Former students have progressed to top Universities such as London College of Communication. You could also enter employment as a Graphic Designer, Typographer, Packaging Designer, Editorial Designer, Digital Designer, Artworker, Creative Director or Image Maker.

Who is it for?

Explore visual language, research skills, project proposal and realisation and build your critical and contextual awareness through a series of live projects. Every computer throughout the college has the latest Adobe Creative Suite software, allowing you to develop technical skills on industry standard technology as well as access to a range of traditional media including the Creative Arts department print room.

What is covered?

Unit 1 The Creative Process This unit dives into the creative process, exploring its stages and how they work together. Through projects and workshops, students will learn to identify and apply these skills to develop creative outputs, all set within the context of the creative industries.

Unit 2 Developing Creative Practice - Students will learn about different creative practices, materials and techniques (2D, 3D, 4D). They'll experiment and develop practical skills while learning safe use of these skills for creative problem-solving and presentation.

Unit 3 Responding to a Set Brief - Students apply all their learned skills to respond to a real-world creative brief. This involves proposal development, idea generation, project execution, presentation, and reflection on the entire process.

Year 2 Units

Unit 4: Researching a Specialist Industry Practice

Unit 5: Specialist Technical Skills Development

Unit 6: Specialist Creative Outcome

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

5 GCSEs at grades 4/C or above including English and maths, and an arts-based subject at grade 6/B or above.

Alternatively a Merit in a relevant Level 2 Diploma, and a GCSE grade 4/C in English and maths, or a pass for functional skills Level 2 English and Maths.

This course requires an interview/informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your interview you will need to submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your artistic strengths. You will also need to complete an assignment in the summer set at the close of the academic year.

A Merit in your first year is required to enter the second year Extended Diploma.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code



2 Years

Full-time courses are fully funded for 16 to 18-year-olds. For age 19+, various funding options are available.

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Leo Bradley

A Diploma provides you with exposure to all aspects of Graphic Design, meaning you have the knowledge to progress to University in a huge vareity of fields. I have secured a place at Staffordhire University to study BSc (Hons) in CGI and Visual Effects, thanks to the skills and practical knowledge gained from my course and through undertaking real-life working briefs from employers.

Leo Bradley
Graphic Design Extended Diploma Level 3

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